D.M. Black (David Macleod Black) is a Scottish writer and psychoanalyst. Brought up in St Andrews, he has degrees in Philosophy from Edinburgh University and in Eastern Religions from Lancaster, where he studied under Ninian Smart.
In the late 1960s he taught at Chelsea Art School. He lived for a time in Japan and with the Findhorn Foundation on the Moray Firth. From the age of 30 he has lived in London, working first on the staff of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and later as a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society of which he was for three years the Hon Secretary. In 2016 he retired from clinical work. He is married to Juliet Newbigin, has two stepdaughters and two grandchildren, and now lives in London and Wiltshire.
He has published seven collections of poetry and several pamphlets. His early work appeared in the Penguin Modern Poets series in1968 and Collected Poems 1964-87 from Polygon in 1991. He has also published translations, including a selection of poems by Goethe, Love as Landscape Painter, in 2006. His most recent collections are Claiming Kindred (2011) and The Arrow-maker (2017), both published by Arc.
He is editor of Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge: New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2006) and author of a collection of psychoanalytic papers, Why Things Matter: the place of values in science, psychoanalysis and religion (Routledge, 2011).
He has written extensively on poets of the Scottish Renaissance, including Hugh MacDiarmid, Robert Garioch, Ian Hamilton Finlay, George MacBeth, Edwin Morgan and Robin Fulton Macpherson, and also on the American poet Richard Wilbur. More recently he has written about Dante in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Los Angeles Review of Books and has published translations of several Cantos from Dante's Divine Comedy.
His interest is particularly in the psychological foundations of ethical attitudes.